Advocate South Suburban Hospital Center for Advanced Care
Opened for first patient use on August 3, 2020, the new Center for Advanced Care (CAC) brings modern facilities and enhanced capabilities for robotic and cardiac surgery to Chicago’s South Suburban community. As the largest project since the hospital was built, the new CAC adds 88,000 square feet to Advocate South Suburban’s footprint and much-needed space for greater efficiencies for patient care teams in the Operating Rooms, Cath Labs, Pre- and Post-Recovery space and Sterile Processing Department.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) served as a subconsultant to Anderson Mikos Architects and provided civil engineering, traffic and parking, and landscape architecture for this $60 million modernization project. EEA consultants provided site design for the new loading dock area and new ambulatory surgery care entrance for outpatients. To keep the existing facility operational during construction and optimize an integrated project delivery (IPD) approach, EEA created a phased lean construction plan and collaborated with the construction manager to amend the plan dynamically throughout the duration of construction.
Additionally, EEA coordinated permitting and approvals with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to help accommodate stormwater flow from the surrounding facilities through the site. To maintain uninterrupted facility use during the building addition, watermain and storm sewers also were relocated. EEA modified the existing detention basins so that the design would be more consistent with Advocate’s landscape architecture palette. One detention basin was modified to be a naturalized wetland basin with native vegetation.
EEA also conducted one traffic and parking study before the project and one traffic and parking study during the construction of the project. Through restriping alone and minor geometric changes in the main parking lot, EEA was able to add 80 spaces to the overall campus by maximizing efficient use of the existing space.